Who was Jack the Ripper?
The Whitechapel murderer was probably nothing like you think. You have to forget about Jack the Ripper being some wealthy doctor in a top hat with a leather bag in hand. He actually wore a different outfit every time and carried a knife bundled up in a newspaper. The truth is that he was a dirty disheveled twenty-some-year-old Polish Jew, not a well dressed thirty-or-forty-some-year-old British upperclassman. Hell, when you get right down to it, we shouldn’t even call him “Jack the Ripper”. If anything, “Jack” was really “a john” or at least that’s what the “working girls” seemed to think. Ultimately, “Jack” is a generic term for an Englishman, just like “Sheila” is for an Aussie woman. Regardless, the point is that someone, most likely a fake news journalist that was stirring up a bogus story, sent a couple of letters to the Central News Agency of London. The fraudulent letters were made to look like they had been sent in by the elusive murderer, and they were signed “Jack the Ripper”. In reality, though, the killer only ever sent one letter while wearing the hat of the true Whitechapel murderer. It went to the Chairman of the Whitechapel Vigilance Committee. To make matters worse, the United Kingdom’s first serial killer even sent in half of his fourth victim’s kidney with that letter. He apparently ate the other half of it. In that crude document, the killer was obviously taunting the chairman by saying “Catch me when you can Mister Lusk”. The thing is that the so-called Ripper was very delusional, truly believing that he was demonic, being “From hell” with the Devil whispering ungodly things in his ears and everything. This was the work of a psychotic schizophrenic cannibalistic serial killer.
In case your not a Ripperologist, I will briefly outline the crimes of the legendary five-time serial killer with a single double murder under his belt. On Friday, August 31st of 1888 the “Autumn of Terror” began in “Darkest London” at about 3:30 a.m. This is when the “Ripper” took his first victim. Her name was Mary Ann “Polly” Nichols, and like all the other victims she was an alcoholic prostitute who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. As a consequence of this, after they found a spot away from everyone on Buck’s Row he strangled her, then cut her throat, nearly decapitating Polly in the process, stabbed at her vagina, and then cut open her abdomen. These were jagged cuts made very quickly in the dark, not expert incisions like many have claimed. A week later on Saturday, September 8th, “Jack” struck again. This time he claimed the life of Annie Chapman in the early morning. He mutilated her horrifically. Annie’s throat had been cut, her abdomen had been split open, her intestines had been detached, and part of her bladder had been taken. Even her pelvic organs were removed and taken as trophies. Three weeks after that, he murdered two women in the same night, but only because he was interrupted during the first kill and had to go off in search of another victim. The infamous double murder began on Sunday, September 30th, at 12:50 a.m. He came up behind Elizabeth Stride and threw her down to the ground on her back, she screamed three times, then he cut her throat. No sooner than he had done so, a man showed up and the killer fled. He found Catherine Eddows about a mile away at around 1:40, then they went to the south corner of Mitre Square. There he cut her throat, mutilated her body and removed her left kidney and uterus. Finally, on Friday, November 9th at about 3:00 in the morning, “Jack the Ripper” killed Mary Jane Kelly slowly butchering her body with knives and an ax in the privacy of her own room. He cut out her heart, sliced off several parts of her face, and chopped off most of her thigh meat down to the bone. Parts of her body were even strewn about the room, as you can just make out in the picture below. She was in her twenties and killed indoors, while the others were twice her age and killed outdoors. This was his final murder.
After that, the sadistic killings just stopped, but why, better yet who was the killer? Exactly who was it that murdered those poor unfortunate whores in the East End of that bustling Victorian metropolis 130 years ago? This is a classic case. It’s the original whodunnit. The truth is that there have been numerous different suspects put forward as the culprit as time has gone on. Nonetheless, I do have a prime suspect of my own. Granted, I would love to explore the conspiracy theory about the Mad Prince or even run down the entire list of suspects from the London Metropolitan Police and Scotland Yard, but I would rather just tell you about the man that I think did it, along with a couple of the top detectives that worked the case, of course. His name was Aaron Kosminski and he was a British barber who may have also been a Polish orderly before that. Either way, he left Poland in 1881 to move to Britain during the exodus of the Jews. However, once in London he soon became schizophrenic. Essentially, once his brain reached full maturity his soul became deranged. After a while, he faced numerous challenges due to his various mental illnesses. He refused to bathe anymore and wouldn’t eat food that anyone else had touched. Eventually, he became aggressively psychotic and extremely deluded. So, as a consequence of this, in 1888 he began murdering drunken streetwalkers in the dead of night. As a bit of an insomniac, sleep deprivation exacerbated the auditory hallucinations that Aaron experienced, further feeding into his madness. Eventually, the “Ripper” had a complete break from reality. After Aaron Kosminski killed Mary Kelly he totally lost his mind. The even crazier thing is that Kosminski was taken into custody at one point. He was brought to the Convalescent Police Seaside Home in Brighton to be identified. The thing was that although a positive ID was made the witness refused to testify. So, based on the Habeas Corpus Act they could not hold him without evidence so he was released. However, being unable to work, he was taken in and cared for by his family. In July of 1890, Aaron Kosminski was placed in the Mile End Old Town workhouse due to his insanity, but he was released in 72 hours. However, in February of the following year, he was brought back by the police after threatening his sister with a knife. Three days after that he was transferred to Colney Hatch Lunatic Asylum. Then, on April 19th of 1894, he was admitted to Leavesden Asylum. In the end, Aaron Kosminski, aka “Jack the Ripper”, died in 1919 in a sanatorium, never having been convicted of the horrific crimes that he committed thirty years earlier.